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  • McAlister Intermediate School 2017-2018

    Photo by Dr. Ronald Kirschbaum

    Karen Carpenter-Snow Jack Ferraro

    Principal Assistant Principal

    The McAlister Way--Being Kind, Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.

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    Introduction: McAlister’s School Improvement Plan was developed to ensure all students achieve at high levels across academic, social-emotional, and behavioral domains. The planning process included collaborative analysis of student achievement data, parent/student/teacher climate data, current level of professional learning, absenteeism, behavioral, and office referral data, and so on. Once all data was reviewed and analyzed, we purposefully created goals and strategies to focus and guide our work. All goals and strategies are aligned to Suffield’s three strategic goals--Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher (& Admin) Growth = Student Growth, and Organizational Health.

    The pages that follow define McAlister’s School Improvement Plan for the 2017-2018 school year.


    The Mission of the Suffield Public Schools: The Mission of the Suffield Public Schools is to prepare all students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes required for success in a rapidly changing world.

    School District Five-Year Strategic Goals 2012-2017: 1. Complete the policy, practice and cultural shifts needed to transition to a digital learning

    environment. 2. Design and implement a systemic plan for professional learning aligned with district needs. 3. Systematically use data to drive and improve practice. 4. Create an aligned and accessible curriculum that embeds 21st century skills and is aligned with the

    Common Core Standards.

    School District Beliefs: Believing that teacher growth = student growth: The Suffield Public Schools is committed to a culture of growth, high expectations, collaboration, and 21st century skills so that all students are provided the best opportunity for success in tomorrow’s world.

    Believing that a healthy organization is effective and successful: We, the Suffield Public Schools community, are committed to the following cultural norms:

    Be present Speak your truth Assume good intent Risk for growth Do what you say Let go and move forward

    The Mission of McAlister Intermediate School: We believe in a shared partnership between teachers, families, and our community where students can strive to reach their full potential and become life-long learners.

    The Organizational Destination of McAlister Intermediate School: Happy and exceptional staff collaborating to reach all students.

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    MIS Long Term Strategic Goal 1: Curriculum & Instruction ● Strategic Imperative--Improve Student Outcomes

    ○ Improve academic performance ○ Further develop Social Emotional resources and strategies resulting in improved student

    behavior and positive school climate

    Short Term Strategies to Support Goal 1: Curriculum and Instruction ● Create conditions and systems to analyze, interpret, and leverage academic & social-emotional

    student data effectively. ○ Administration, Curriculum Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Specialists participate in

    School-Wide Data Team meeting four times a year ○ Create data wall (a visual displays student learning data) to assist teacher in the analysis of

    data and the differentiation of instructional strategies during PLCs ○ Create a quick reference card and accompanying professional development focusing on

    STAR Math and STAR Reading report creation and data analysis ○ Hold Literacy Conferences with Administration, Curriculum Leader, individual classroom

    teachers, and related special education teachers, three times a year to share effective instructional practices (as evidenced in data) and to collaboratively identify changes in instructional practices for students who are not making progress and those students exceeding grade-level expectations

    ○ Classroom teacher participation in weekly planning meetings with the special education teachers or specialists who also service their students

    ○ Classroom teacher implementation of differentiated, small group strategy instruction in response to student learning data (four times a week for students not meeting expectations and 2-3 times a week for students exceeding or meeting expectations)

    ○ Ongoing collection and analysis of student work and running records for student portfolio creation for Reading (they have already been created for Math)

    ○ Teacher participation in thrice monthly teacher-led collaborative meetings and weekly PLCs

    ● Improve Social-emotional Wellness/Character Development programming

    ○ Classroom teacher implementation of Morning Meeting, Closing Circle, Signals for Quiet Attention, Interactive Modeling, and The First Six Weeks of School

    ○ Whole staff (certified and non-certified staff members) participation in daily Morning Meetings.

    ○ Reinforcement of the implementation of Second Step Curriculum and how it aligns to Responsive Classroom

    ○ Explore additional community-building events and opportunities led by our specialist team--PE, Art, Music, Band, World Language, and Library Media Specialist

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    Key Measures & Evidence for Goal 1: Curriculum and Instruction 1. SBAC data will reflect increasing numbers of students meeting or exceeding goal and fewer

    students overall not meeting goal 2. STAR Math data will reflect increasing numbers of students meeting or exceeding goal and

    increased numbers of students showing demonstrating one year’s growth as determined by Student

    Growth Percentile (SGP) of at least 50 3. STAR Reading data will reflect increasing numbers of students meeting or exceeding goal and

    increased numbers of students showing demonstrating one year’s growth as determined by Student

    Growth Percentile (SGP) of at least 50 4. Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) will reflect increasing number of students meeting or exceeding

    goal 5. Data from interventions will indicate effectiveness 6. Spring survey data will show improvement in the area of climate demonstrating a positive trend

    in: ● Students report that their teachers believe that all students can learn ● Students report that their teachers treat all students with respect ● Students report when they don’t understand something, their teachers use a different

    approach to help them understand ● Students report they feel safe in their school ● Students report they have a trusted adult at their school that they can go to for help ● Students report that peers treat each other with respect ● Students report that teachers hold students accountable when they break the rules ● Students report that they see their principal and/or assistant principal throughout the

    school building during the day ● Teachers report that they have access to meaningful data to drive their instruction ● Teachers report that students have good relationships with each other ● Teachers report they have access to meaningful data on a weekly basis

    7. Suspension and expulsion data will reflect positive trend

    8. Office referral data for behavior will reflect positive trend 9. Chronic absenteeism data will reflect positive trends

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    MIS Long Term Strategic Goal 2: Teacher (& Admin) Growth = Student Growth ● Strategic Imperative--Professional Development

    ○ Build administrator and teacher capacity ○ Develop leadership (students, faculty, staff, and admin)

    Short Term Strategies to Support Goal 2: Teacher (& Admin) Growth = Student Growth

    ● Provide teachers with opportunities for professional development in students centered learning, PLC, K-5 core text math, differentiated and specialized instruction ○ Provide professional development focusing on learning the progression of both literacy and

    numeracy within specific grade levels. Numeracy learning progressions will continue to focus on numbers and operations.

    ○ Provide professional development focusing on implementation of grade three NGSS aligned Science units

    ○ Develop NGSS aligned grade four science units ○ Develop Math and Reading assessments; provide professional development in calibration

    scoring ○ Provide professional development on the implementation of pacing guide for reading and

    math units of study ○ Collaboratively develop comprehensive informational document and supporting materials

    relative to SPS Special Education Procedures and Timelines ○ Provide professional development to all special education staff on SPS Special Education

    Procedures and Timelines ○ Collaborate with technology integrationist, curriculum leaders, media center specialist, and all

    teachers to identify technology tools to assist in facilitating student-centered learning ○ Provide monthly, teacher-led professional development to deepen staff’s knowledge and

    reinforce implementation of facets of Responsive Classroom including: Morning Meeting, Closing Circle, Interactive Modeling, and The First Six Weeks of School

    ○ Provide professional development for non-certified staff on tenets of Responsive Class